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Soft lockdown lifted at West Central Area Secondary School
Law Enforcement Blotter: Wednesday, September 20
UPDATE: Driver identified in fatal motorcycle crash on I-94
Gravel pit ‘would ruin this little town’ neighbors say
Mediation to begin today over veto by Gov. Dayton
Sports schedule for Thursday, Sept. 21
Cross country: Chargers see progress in Melrose
Cross Country: WCA sets records and takes first in Melrose
Tennis: Lakers sweep Melrose, 7-0
Volleyball: Knights surrender to Frazee in three sets
Country Blossom Farm holds baking, eating contests
Community Education classes available
Events promote talking about suicide
Ecumen gives look at daytime senior care
New musicians invited to Open Mic Night
Don & Betty Kuelbs
Gary & Molly Buse
Gary & Molly Buse
DNR release: Optimistic about Saturday's duck opener
Posted, but done properly? Rules, prosecuting case can be complicated
Mike Frisch: Cover more water
A whirlwind of a win: Alexandria anglers take big payday in first pro tournament
DNR roadside survey: Pheasant index down 26 percent
Betty Ruth Berry
Sharon L. Thoennes
Barbara J. Lee
Letter: Confederate statues promote division
Letter: No right way to protest
Echo Press Editorial: A wake-up call about drunk driving
In the Know: Armor - an unfortunate necessity
Observations from the Archives: 1992: Minnesotans pitch in after Hurricane Andrew hits
Dairy council seeks candidates
Tomato tasting at the library
What's wrong with my tomato plant?
There's still time to plant veggies
Haying and grazing OK on some Conservation Reserve land
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Feds allow more time for comment on Internet access
Alexandria ReStore remains open, plans expansion
Glenwood resort receives Century Resort designation
Minnesota adds 7,700 jobs in July; unemployment rate unchanged
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May 23, 2012
Growing Green - Tree planting tips
This unseasonably warm spring has encouraged avid home gardeners to get a jump start on their veggies. Potatoes, onions, peas, lettuce, spinach and radish have been planted, and it's just about warm enough to get the tomatoes, beans and peppers in the ground. (You want the soil temperature...
May 23, 2012 - 12:00am
November 28, 2011
Don't let pests come into your home this holiday season
Planning on buying a Christmas tree or holiday greens online this year? Be sure destructive pests aren't hitching a ride. As the popularity of online and mail order trees grows, state and federal officials are sending out a warning to consumers that these plant items are regulated...
November 28, 2011 - 3:03pm
August 15, 2011
MDA takes steps to protect state's walnut trees from deadly disease
Walnut wood is no longer allowed into Minnesota if imported from 11 different states known to have thousand cankers disease (TCD). A temporary exterior quarantine announced in February was made permanent last week by Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Commissioner Dave Frederickson....
August 15, 2011 - 8:49am
July 24, 2011
Ag department confirms emerald ash borer infestation in Shoreview, Minn.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) confirmed an emerald ash borer infestation in an ash tree in a Shoreview residential neighborhood Friday. The infestation was discovered after the property owner noticed signs of a potential infestation and contacted...
July 24, 2011 - 11:51am
May 30, 2011
Arbor Day Foundation booklet identifies trees
The Arbor Day Foundation has a booklet that helps people identify trees in a simple, step-by-step process. The booklet, "What Tree Is That?," is available for a $5 donation to the nonprofit tree-planting organization. What Tree Is That? is a fun, easy-to-use tree identification guide...
May 30, 2011 - 3:43pm
April 22, 2011
Douglas Soil and Water reminds public to order trees
The Douglas Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) staff reminds the public to send in their tree order. There are still a good variety of trees to choose from, including small and large shrubs, deciduous trees, evergreen trees and potted evergreens. The SWCD staff is also available...
April 22, 2011 - 12:00am
February 26, 2011
Spring is in the air: Join Arbor Day Foundation in March and receive 10 trees
Celebrate the arrival of spring by planting trees, and the Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for everyone to participate. Join the Arbor Day Foundation in March 2011 and receive 10 white pine trees. "White pines are such a versatile tree that adds beauty to your home and neighborhood...
February 26, 2011 - 4:24pm
Ag leaders implement quarantine to protect state's walnut trees from deadly disease
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson this week moved to protect the state's 6 million eastern black walnut trees and the state's walnut timber producers by issuing a temporary exterior quarantine restricting the import of walnut trees and certain...
February 26, 2011 - 2:04pm
February 2, 2011
City gets update on Highway 29 tree issue
The city of Alexandria, a group of concerned business owners and the Minnesota Department of Transportation are trying to come up with a plan about what to do with the trees along the Highway 29 South corridor. Business owners on the west side of the highway say the trees, when in...
February 2, 2011 - 12:00am
January 12, 2011
Conservation district can help with tree planting projects
Tree plantings can provide a number of different benefits from energy conservation, reducing snow delivery to roadways, providing wildlife habitat, aesthetics, farmstead protection from wind and snow, forestry production, reducing soil erosion by wind, stream bank protection and buffering...
January 12, 2011 - 12:00am
December 27, 2010
Be sure to dispose of Christmas trees properly
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is offering reminders to keep folks fire-safe as they wind down the holiday season. Roughly one-third of home fires and home fire deaths occur in December, January and February, according to NFPA. Although Christmas tree fires are...
December 27, 2010 - 10:35am
December 15, 2010
Caring for your fresh-cut Christmas tree
One of my favorite holiday traditions is the selection of our fresh-cut Christmas tree. We often traipse through snow filled fields in bitterly cold weather to find that perfect tree. The end result is worth the frosted nose and rosy cheeks. Cut and placed in water immediately, our...
December 15, 2010 - 12:00am
November 21, 2010
Christmas tree supplies in tip-top shape this season
Minnesota has a fresh, fragrant crop of Christmas trees this year thanks to a great growing season. Many tree farms will open for business the day after Thanksgiving and growers say the selection will be fabulous. "This year, the trees are exceptionally moist and fragrant because...
November 21, 2010 - 12:20pm
October 6, 2010
All spruced up: Site of proposed high school gets nearly 200 trees
The site of the proposed new high school was spruced up last week with the addition of nearly 200 trees. Last Wednesday, about 30 volunteers...
October 6, 2010 - 12:00am
October 1, 2010
Storm-toppled trees keep REA crews busy
Pouring rain, howling wind and crashing thunder are not the only products of thunder storms. Power outages are another common side effect of...
October 1, 2010 - 12:00am